a bit of background.....
I am an artist and have been designing and making jewellery for more than 15 years. I have a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in gold and silversmithing from the Queensland College of Art and have exhibited both at home and internationally.
I live in the beautiful northern rivers region of New South Wales with my family and menagerie. My studio is located in a heritage school building in the Byron Bay hinterland village of Clunes. I am passionate about creating and making, while leaving as small a footprint on our planet as possible. I source most of my materials locally and all of the sterling silver in my work is recycled metal sourced in Australia. I find my inspiration everywhere, usually where I least expect it. I take many of my cues from nature and travels - both real and virtual; the everyday experiences and those of an extraordinary nature. I believe my pieces tell a story that goes beyond conventional adornment and you can be assured that all of my pieces are made with care and passion. They are pieces that each wearer then imbues with their own story. Together we can create your own personal Talisman.
I enjoy the tangible aspect of what I do, it's really important to me. It's what drives me to keep creating.
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